There’s arguably no bigger underdog story over the last two NFL seasons than the rise of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy. What the Niners’ beloved Mr. Irrelevant has done since entering the league in 2022 has left several spectators and analysts completely baffled. Apparently, even some of Purdy’s teammates still can’t believe how far the young QB has come.
In two weeks time, Purdy will stand opposite Kansas City Chiefs QB/world destroyer Patrick Mahomes at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The 49ers may be the favored team over the Chiefs as whole, but Purdy is clearly the David to Mahomes’ Goliath.
San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Nick Bosa Couldn’t Help But Admire What Brock Purdy Has Achieved
49ers star defensive end Nick Bosa on Sunday couldn’t help but marvel at Purdy leading San Francisco to the sport’s biggest stage. The two recently went viral for their intimate exchange in the locker room after the Niners’ 34-31 win over the Detroit Lions to clinch the NFC Championship.
Bosa: “The fact that you are doing this blows my mind.”
Purdy: “All of us, bro. All of us. It’s crazy.”
Bosa: “Did you think you’d be this good?”
Purdy: “Honestly, I can do better, bro.”
Bosa: “I know, but like, how much confidence did you have? Cause I was the 2nd pick in the draft and I lacked confidence at times.”
Purdy: “It’s part of it, bro. It’s the game.”
Nick Bosa to Brock Purdy:
“The fact that you are doing this blows my mind. Did you think you’d be this good?”
— Coach Yac 🗣 (@Coach_Yac) January 31, 2024
Bosa is a 4-time Pro Bowler and one of the most fearsome pass rushers in the league. To hear him admit to lacking confidence at times in the past goes to show how mentally tough the NFL’s biggest stars have to be in order to thrive. Bosa’s admission also puts into perspective just how impressive Purdy’s run has been thus far.
Brock Purdy Came Up Big For The San Francisco 49ers When It Mattered
Purdy went 20/31 for 267 passing yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the decisive win over the Lions in the NFC title game. He also rushed for 48 yards on 5 carries.
But beyond the box score numbers, it was Purdy’s poise in big moments that shined through. He made gutsy plays when his team needed it. Purdy proved exactly why he’s been denied admission to the “game managers club” given his penchant for making impact plays that go beyond 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system.
The Iowa State product was one pick away from going undrafted. Now, he’s one win away from winning a Super Bowl ring.